SWARNIM VIJAY GATHA
Indian Armed Forces secured a decisive victory over Pakistan which resulted in the Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. It was the largest military surrender after the Second World War and the Indian Armed Forces alongwith Mukti Bahini liberated Bangladesh in a span of just 13 days.
To commemorate the glorious victory of 1971, year 2021 was marked as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and Hon’ble Prime Minister had lit the Victory Flame to mark the beginning of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations. Various events were organised by Eastern Command at many locations in West Bengal and all North East states throughout the year and now ‘Swarnim Vijay Gatha’ is being organised at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on 16th December 2021 which would also mark the culmination of celebrations of Swarnim Vijay Varsh.
‘Swarnim Vijay Gatha’ will showcase a variety of events to include a customised light and sound show on the walls of Victoria Memorial depicting the story of War of Liberation of Bangladesh.
The symphonic military band of Eastern Command would also perform patriotic and martial tunes with three military and two Jazz bands which will feature 76 musicians participating in the concert.
The ‘Swarnim Vijay Gatha’ will commence at 5:00 pm on 16th December 2021 at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and would be aired LIVE on Youtube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCChhAAisDNuXHEwE8_ebkSg and Eastern Command Facebook page : Eastern Command_Indian Army.
The event would be graced by Lt General Manoj Pande, AVSM, VSM, Army Commander, Eastern Command, War Veterans and eminent personalities of Media, State and Civil Administration.
The event is conceptualised by HQ Eastern command.
It aims at highlighting the similarities which the two neighbouring nations share and the emerging opportunities wherein North East India, with Government of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, can become a big opportunity for Bangladesh as well.
The cultural extravaganza aims at bringing people of the two neighbouring countries closer.
(With inputs from Pratyusha Mukherjee, a Broadcast Journalist of BBC based in Kolkata)